Re·ca·pit·u·late v. t. To repeat, as the principal points in a discourse, argument, or essay; to give a summary of the principal facts, points, or arguments of; to relate in brief; to summarize.
Re·ca·pit·u·late v. i. To sum up, or enumerate by heads or topics, what has been previously said; to repeat briefly the substance.
v 1: summarize briefly; "Let's recapitulate the main ideas" [syn:
2: repeat stages of evolutionary development during the
embryonic phase of life
3: repeat an earlier theme of a composition [syn: reprise, reprize,